The Court has preliminarily appointed Plaintiff, Vicki Ostendorf, to be the representative of the Settlement Class. The Court has also preliminarily appointed the following lawyers as Class Counsel for the Settlement Class:
SHAMIS & GENTILE, P.A.
Andrew Shamis, Esq.
14 NE 1, Suite 701
Miami, FL 33132
KOPELOWITZ OSTROW P.A.
Jeff Ostrow, Esq.
Joshua Levine, Esq.
1 West Las Olas Blvd., Suite 500
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Rachel Dapeer, Esq.
300 S Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2704
Miami, FL 33131
SPANGENBERG SHIBLEY & LIBER LLP
Stuart Scott, Esq.
1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH 33114
Scott Edelsberg, Esq.
20900 NE 30, Suite 417
Aventura, FL 333180
These lawyers are experienced in handling class action lawsuits, including actions on behalf of insured policyholders. More information about Class Counsel is available on their websites.
Class Counsel will file an application for attorneys' fees of no more than $2,533,561.00, subject to approval by the Court. Grange Defendants have agreed to pay Class Counsel up to that amount if approved by the Court. Payment of attorneys' fees has no impact and does not affect in any way, and will not reduce, the amount of money that will be paid to Settlement Class Members. If the Court grants Class Counsel's request, and in whatever amount the Court approves Class Counsel's Request, the attorneys' fees and costs will be paid separately by the Grange Defendants. If you submit a valid Claim Form for payment, that amount will be reduced to pay Class Counsel Fees You will not be personally responsible for any fees, costs or expenses incurred by Class Counsel relating to the prosecution of this case.
Class Counsel will also seek a Service Award to the Class Representative in the amount of $5,000.00, subject to Court approval. The Service Award is designed to reward the Class Representative for securing the recovery awarded to members of the Settlement Class, which is the full amount of damages Plaintiff alleged is owed to Settlement Class members, and to acknowledge the time spent by the Plaintiff participating in the case and mediation, and prosecuting the claim for the benefit of the Settlement Class. The Grange Defendants have agreed to pay the Service Award to the Class Representative up to the amount of $5,000.00. Payment of the Service Award has no impact and does not affect in any way the amount of money that will be paid to Settlement Class Members. If the Court grants the request for an Service Award, and in whatever amount the Court approves the request, the Service Award will be paid separately by the Grange Defendants, and will not affect in any way, and will not reduce, the amount of money paid to Settlement Class Members.